Modded Atari 2600 gets new guts, 22,857 times more processing power
As it turns out, yes you can fit a modern computer into an old Atari 2600, and its a pretty awesome case mod. As spotted by Engadget, Hard Drives Northwest got its hands on a couple of original 2600 boxes, gutted them, and filled them with modern desktop PC hardware.
Now this Atari you see is sporting a 3.4GHz Intel Core i7 processor, a Radeon HD 6570 graphics card, and a 120GB SSD for storage. To keep the whole thing from melting—which one early prototypes actually did—the modders added a case fan to the bottom of the Atari as well as dual fans where you would normally stick an Atari cartridge.
Okay, so the hardware isn’t the latest generation of tower melting parts, but the 3.4GHz Core i7 is a huge upgrade from the 2600’s original 1.19-MHz MOS 6507 Processor—that’s 22,857 times the processing power.
Since the Atari is completely modernized, you could hook it up to a huge HDTV to play Atari Classics on the Web, or browse through your Steam games with the Big Picture beta. One more thing to make this even cooler is that two of these "new" Atari PCs signed by Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell will be part of a giv away over at Freddie Wong’s YouTube channel.